For Nargis Fakhri, there is no shortcut to success or fame. At a time when infamy has become a part of showbiz, the actress says she still believes in the “romantic notion that skill and hard work is more important than notoriety”.
Asked about whether Hindi film industry tends to give extra attention to actors who have worked in a Hollywood film or garnered acclaim in the international circuit, Nargis said that the statement “doesn’t ring true” for her.
“Well, I came here with no background or Hollywood credits so that certainly doesn’t ring true for me. I think that occasionally, fame and popularity can garner more attention for individuals or films. But as a person who believes in my craft, I like the romantic notion that skill and hard work is more important than notoriety,” Nargis told IANS in an email interaction.
“As a money focused industry, which of course Bollywood is, I also appreciate that there is a balance and we’re all part of that,” she added.
Nargis took the first step towards the world of glamour with modelling in 2005. After Rockstar, she did films on a wide variety of topics ranging from serious to fun like Main Tera Hero, Madras Cafe and her first Hollywood outing was Spy, an action-comedy film.